Borden, Lizzie (1860-1927), accused murderer, who allegedly killed her father and stepmother with an ax in Fall River, Massachusetts, in 1892. Lizzie was the youngest child born to Andrew and Sarah Borden. Lizzie’s father, a banker, was one of the richest people in Fall River. When Lizzie was two years old, her mother died; her father’s second marriage a few years later supposedly caused dissension within the family over matters of inheritance and because of the lower social status of his new wife’s family.
On August 4, 1892, the bloody corpses of Andrew Borden and his wife were found in their home. Lizzie’s stepmother had been killed by 19 blows to the head, and her father had died of similar injuries. Within a week, police arrested Lizzie Borden for the crime, but she was acquitted after a sensational murder trial. In spite of the acquittal, the community of Fall River shunned Lizzie for the rest of her life. Lizzie’s actions, particularly her burning of a blood-stained dress in the kitchen stove a few days after the murders, led many to believe that she was guilty of murdering her parents. Lizzie and her surviving sister split their inheritance. The sisters died within a few days of each other in June 1927.
Lizzie Borden took an axeAnd gave her mother forty whacks.
And when she saw what she had done
She gave her father forty-one.